Welcoming you into the local tech and hacker community.

University of Waterloo | January 12 - 13, 2019

About Us

People! People!

StarterHacks is about learning, collaborating, and creating as a first-time hacker.
Come experience StarterHacks' safe, creative culture and let us help you achieve your hacking goals and expand your portfolio.



1. Gain the tools you need to succeed

2. Network and create relationships that will propel your career

3. Create ideas today that change tomorrow


Going from concept to prototype in 24 hours - while making new friends and learning new skills

Learn important skills in the stream of your choice.

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Expand your skills in a full range of design areas including user experience graphic and brand design.

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Tinker with multiple APIs, hardware and new coding languages.

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Develop a business plan, understand various funding options and hone your pitching skills.

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How do we facilitate learning? We host a set of workshops that will teach you the specific techniques you can use throughout the weekend to excel in your stream.
It doesn’t end there!
We have selected a group of motivated mentors who will guide you to success, cheer you on and share their knowledge with you.


Is there a Code of Conduct?
Why, yes there is! As an MLH member event, we must follow their Code of Conduct.

When and where is StarterHacks happening?
StarterHacks is taking place from January 12-13, 2019 at the Science Teaching Complex and Quantum Nano Centre, University of Waterloo.

Can I attend if I live far away?
Yes, you can! However, please note that, at this moment, we cannot compensate you for travel!

What can I hack on?
You can hack on anything you like! We will also be releasing the available APIs and hardware closer to the date. Please note that StarterHacks is a MLH member event and you must follow their Code of Conduct.

Who can apply?
Anyone! We're looking for students interested in learning about hackathons, whether your skills are in development, business, or design - come on out and apply :)

I don’t have an idea or a team, what do I do?
We’ll help people find team members leading up to the hackathon. During the hackathon, we will also have a mingle session so you can find a team.

I’m not a student, can I still attend?
Unfortunately, the purpose of StarterHacks is to help students gain familiarity and experience with hackathons and we cannot have non student participants. However, feel free to come out on Sunday to see the finished products, and if you would like to be a mentor please feel free to apply above. We thank you for your interest and hope that we can accommodate you in the future.

What do I need to bring?
A charged and updated laptop, with any hardware you want to work on (that we have not provided), a water bottle, comfortable clothes, yourself, and an inquiring, curious mind!